Tag Archive | RSA

The Fate of Reason in an Age of Belief

A philosophical view of science and religion in history, from great thinkers.

Award-winning film-maker and author, Stephen Trombley offers a fresh analysis of the key thinkers whose work from the Enlightenment to the present day is of continued importance as we proceed into the 21st century.

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In his new book ’50 Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World’, Emmy-award-wining film-maker and author Stephen Trombley offers a concise history of modern thought from the Enlightenment to the present day. Profiling the landmark philosophers, scientists, political and social theorists as well as spiritual leaders whose ideas have defined the age we live in, Trombley offers a fresh analysis of their key ideas, and re-evaluation of their importance as we proceed into the 21st century.

In a special event at the RSA, Stephen Trombley offers a stout defence of rationality in what he sees as an era of rising irrational belief; and argues for the continued utility of the work of the four “shapers-in-chief” of our modern world: Marx, Darwin, Einstein and Freud

How Maths Illuminates Our Lives

An interesting video about the love of mathematics and it’s place in our reality from RSA.

Acclaimed author and one of the world’s most extraordinary minds, Daniel Tammet visits the RSA to give us a unique perspective on how mathematics can help us to make sense of the world and our place in it.

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How does mathematics shape our lives and give our experiences meaning? Can mathematical modelling predict human behaviour, and how can equations help us to make sense of the people we love?

Acclaimed author of Born on a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet is hailed the world over for his extraordinary mind and unique intelligence.  A high-functioning autistic savant and synaesthete, Tammet perceives words and numbers as shapes, colours, and emotions, and holds the European record for reciting the mathematical constant Pi to 22,514 decimal places.

Daniel Tammet visits the RSA to give us a unique glimpse at the extraordinary and misunderstood language that governs our world, and to explain the infinite mathematical possibilities that surround us.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Antifragile

This is an interesting post from RSA, on a more philosophical note, on anti-fragility or how to live in a world with uncertainty.

Radical philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb offers a blueprint for how to live – and thrive – in a world we don’t understand, and which is too uncertain for us to even try to predict.

The Power of Outrospection

This is a short video from RSA Animate that treats outrospection, introspection and empathy.

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves.


Lessons from the Top

In this talk from RSA we find out some of the top lessons from most successful world leaders.

The most successful leaders educate, persuade and bring about change through the stories they tell, but we rarely have the background knowledge to explore how they do so.

The Slow Revolution

In this fast, multitasking world we get an insight from RSA into “The Slow Revolution”.

The last ten years has seen a burgeoning of the Slow Movement in all aspects of life from management, travel and education to science and work.

The RSA brings together a group of thinkers and practitioners who have each been exploring ways to bring the principles of ‘slow’ to their life and work – whether in finance, culture or fashion. As well as sharing lessons from their own fields, they will discuss how more of us can deal with the addictive nature of speed, apply the brakes and improve our quality of life, creativity and well-being.

How Much Is Enough?

In this RSA talk we have an answer to the question “How Much Is Enough?” through an economic perspective.

What constitutes the good life? What is the true value of money? Why do we work such long hours merely to acquire greater wealth? These are some of the questions that many asked themselves when the financial system crashed in 2008.

Join Robert and Edward Skidelsky at the RSA as they tackle such questions head-on. They begin with the great economist John Maynard Keynes. In 1930 Keynes predicted that, within a century, per capita income would steadily rise, people’s basic needs would be met, and no one would have to work more than fifteen hours a week. Clearly, he was wrong: though income has increased as he envisioned, our wants have seemingly gone unsatisfied, and we continue to work long hours. The Skidelskys explain why Keynes was mistaken. Then, arguing from the premise that economics is a moral science, they trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to the present and show how our lives over the last half century have strayed from that ideal. Finally, they issue a call to think anew about what really matters in our lives and how to attain it.


Does Brainstorming Work?

In an interesting shot video from RSA we find an answer to the question whether brainstorming really works.

Does Brainstorming Work?

This is the question psychologists have been baffled by for nearly half a century and we’re still on the path of discovering whether brainstorming is a technique that extracts the best out of people or if it’s a method that suppresses creativity.

Journalist and author, Jonah Lehrer, argues that brainstorming produces less original ideas than those people who work by themselves. From Alex Osborn, the father of brainstorming, to Charlen Nemeth, Jonah explains why brainstorming just doesn’t work.

The Power To Act: A new angle on our toughest problems

In the next video from RSA we are invited to look with new angle on our problems.

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From caring for an ageing population and tackling unemployment, to preventing climate change and promoting social mobility, it seems we have lost faith in our collective ability to tackle important social challenges. We have become disillusioned by the absence of substantial progress on these and so many other issues, and polls shows our faith in politicians is at a record low. Where do we go from here?

RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor argues that there is a fundamental imbalance in the major forces of power which drive progress in the modern world. Until we understand and start to address this power deficit, we will only tinker around the margins of issues which impact deeply on our lives and which belie the values we hold.

Why Creativity is the New Economy

In the next video from RSA, Dr Richard Florida will show us the link between creativity and economy.

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Richard Florida (born 1957 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American urban studies theorist. Florida’s focus is on social and economic theory. He is currently a professor and head of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

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Dr Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading experts on economic competitiveness, demographic trends and cultural and technological innovation shows how developing the full human and creative capabilities of each individual, combined with institutional supports such as commercial innovation and new industry, will put us back on the path to economic and social prosperity.